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As a comment about Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria presliana), bonitin wrote:

I had sown mine on 28th November, soaked for 24 hours in warm water after pinching a hole into the seed with a needle, then planted and kept at room temperature for about three weeks, then put in the fridge (not the freezer!) for two weeks, and nearly all the seeds had germinated on 4th January= 37 days! It took a while, though, before the first leaves emerged above soil level. They were put back at room temperature and the first sprouts appeared on 30th January.

I had sown a second batch but kept those at room temperature and the seeds didn't germinate at the time the first batch had germinated in the fridge. So I ended up also giving them a cold treatment of about two weeks in the fridge and they also did germinate, two weeks later than the first batch.
Name: Carlos Martinez
Mar 1, 2016 11:24 AM CST

I am working with alstroemeria, and the germination is driving me crazy.
I hope you still receive comments from here and answer me this questions.... It would be great.
What substrate did you use?? peat moss??
did you use some specific trays?

Are the seeds fresh? I mean, you sow them right after harvesting them?
What type of alstroemeria where you planting??

I hope you can help me

Best Regards

Name: Myriam
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Mar 1, 2016 2:26 PM CST
Hi Carlos, Welcome!

I don't know how fresh the seeds of Alstroemeria presliana were, I bought from Ebay at the time.
The substrate I used was good potting soil, nothing special. I didn't use any specific trays either, they got planted in small plastic pots under growing lights in a room-temperature (20-22C) heated room.
Pinching a hole in the seed with a needle and soaking in warm water obviously has obviously speeded up the germination process, rubbing with a sandpaper could also have worked I guess, the purpose is that the water can penetrate the hard seed coat.

I must have got my info somewhere from the web how to germinate Alstroemeria, so I guess that is why I also gave it a two week treatment in the fridge.

I have also read somewhere that Alstroemeria seed can take up to one year to germinate! maybe I was just lucky or it is that particular type of Alstroemeria.
It was my first time I grew it from seed, so I cannot give you more info..

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